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About Elisabetta Bernardini
My husband Patrizio and I live in Udine, a town between Venice and the border with Austria. I grew up here and I went to university at Ca’ Foscari in Venice. I am a teacher, and I work in a secondary school here in Udine.
Elisabetta Bernardini purchased this Villa in 2003
Why Elisabetta Bernardini chose Salve
My husband and I love Salento, not only for the natural beauty and cultural wealth of its civilization, which is a bridge between the East and the West, but also for the wonderful people who live in this territory. We had been coming here on very enjoyable holidays for a few years when we decided to look for a house to buy. So, in summer 2003 we travelled all around Salento looking at houses, villas, trulli etc. On a sunny day in late August we drove uphill among the Mediterranean bush and the olive trees to visit an old “masseria” which was on sale – it was love at first sight! We immediately decided to buy it and it became Villa Morocco. We think the whole area where the villa is situated is really beautiful - set in a timeless landscape but so close to the ever-changing beauty of the sea. Maybe part of its charm is due to its being a very ancient inhabited site (the Messapic city of Cassandra) – or perhaps to the benevolent spirits that local legends say dwell here …. after all, the villa is quite close to the famous “Cave of the Fairies”!
What makes this Villa unique
We love the beautiful shape of the villa, standing proudly on the rock, the sunny court with old cotto tiles, the ancient garden with the tall trees and the flowering shrubs. We enjoy sitting on the terrace and looking at the sea, listening to the crickets’ song in the cool breeze of the evenings or watching the swallows dart against the deep blue sky of the luminous mornings. We also love the variety of the plants of the garden, the Mediterranean bush and the pines behind the villa, the olive grove, the fruit trees and the prickly pears to the south. To us it’s still a great pleasure to cook or barbecue with the oil from our ancient olive trees, each one well known in its individual shape, to pick lemons or figs, or some aromatic herbs in the cotto pots. We love coming home from the sun-drenched beach and have a shower outdoors in the cool, scented shade of the garden…
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
A slice of paradise
What wonderful place. We stayed in the Buganville apartment of the Villa Morocco, the last week of September. It was perfect; clean, comfortable, well equipped, great beds! This traditional thick walled architecture villa, is situated back of the coastal road, just far enough for peace and tranquility but 5 minutes to beaches, towns and the road that takes you every where in the Salento region. We particularly loved the spacious covered porch in the morning and in the evenings, listening to cicadas and crickets. We had the best sleep in this very quiet place. What a gift for our souls! We loved Elisabettas very detailed information printout, which we called “the Bible”, and took her suggestion to eat at Trattoria Tatanka, along the road to Santa Maria di Leuca; we had Orecchiette allo Scoglio, marinated anchovies and scampi…yummy, not to be missed! It is also easy to reach Beautiful Gallipoli and the Adriatic coast from the villa. Silvana, the local manager, was very accommodating and helpful.
Overall a great experience and a perfect relaxing place. Well worth our long trip from New York.
My only regret, it was too short of a stay. We will be back!
We highly recommend Villa Morocco.
Heel mooi rustig plekje op mooie locatie
Mooi huis in een mooie rustige op een heuvel met geweldig uitzicht en grote tuin. Op slechts 5 minuten rijden van het strand en vele stadjes binnen een uur te rijden. Heel snelle reactie als er iets is. Wij hebben een geweldige vakantie gehad met twee jonge kinderen.
Quiet, cozy and relaxing - felt like home
Villa Buganvillee is the perfect place for vacationing with your family or friends. The villa itself is in perfect condition, very clean and everything you need is in place - comfortable beds, window shutters that allowed us to sleep longer in the morning, a fully equipped kitchen and a variety of cookware, cutlery, food storage, pots and pans /we were travelling with a toddler, so being able to prepare breakfast/lunch or dinner was important:)
The patio is huge and there is a BBQ which we used almost daily. The yard is enormous but very safe - perfect for families with kids that are always ready to explore the surrounding area.
The villa is located in a quiet area and it allows for complete relaxation - at night and in the mornings you only hear the chirping of the crickets. In fact the intensity of their chirping in the morning helped us to predict how hot it would be during the day:)
The beach is 5 minutes drive, and we loved it - not too overcrowded and the water was perfectly clean and shallow, which is great for small kids.
Torre Pali has a number of good places to eat and we tried quite a few of them - food was delicious. The owner Elisabetta was available and very helpful whenever we had any questions.
We only stayed for a week but we will be returning for sure, hopefully for 2+ weeks next summer!! We can’t recommend the place highly enough!
The best stay in Salento!
Although the description on VRBO was detailed and with many photos, it did not do the property justice! The villa was beautiful and in a perfect location for the quiet relaxing time we were looking for. The hostess Elisabetta has created a bit of magic in Salento, the accommodations were ideal & the grounds lovely. Our suite was ready for us with coffee, tea, wine, snacks and olive oil pressed from the trees on the property. We had booked in for 1 week, but now that we have found this little Eden, next year we will stay much longer. I'm already planning!!!
This was our second stay at the premises. We already knew the village of Torre Pali, the beaches and the surroundings. We again enjoyed the house and the beautiful garden, a good place to recover from daily hassles. The house was clean and well maintained, the facilities were excellent, service was friendly and personal. We loved viewing the sea on the roof at sunset. Definitely recommendable! Returning to the village of Torre Pali with its quiet beach, friendly people, nice café and small restaurants and shops, felt like coming home.
Torre Pali im Oktober
Schöne Ferienwohnung Buganvillee in ruhiger Lage mit guter, nicht mehr neuer Ausstattung, aber schnellem Service (nur italienisch/über Eigentümerin auf Englisch). Pkw erforderlich. Küste im Oktober fast menschenleer (95% aller Geschäfte geschlossen), leider schöne Strände verdreckt/ungepflegt. Mücken (und Wespen) auf großer Terasse und in Wohnung sind aber leider nur mit permanenter Chemie zu bändigen!
The territory is characterised by the beauty of nature (blue-flag, crystal-clear sea, fine sand beaches, cliffs and caves, luxuriant vegetation) and by its artistic wealth. Elegant Lecce, the “ little Florence of the South”, charming Gallipoli, rightly named “beautiful city” in ancient Greek, Otranto’s mosaics and many small towns with splendid baroque architecture are within easy reach. Don’t miss a drive along the breathtaking coast-road from Leuca to Otranto, the fifth most scenic road in Europe. The territory is also famous for its delicious food, its summer festivals and the warm hospitality. The climate is typically Mediterranean. The warm weather begins in May and continues till mid-October. The hottest months are July and August. In the Italian holiday-season, June to mid-September, the coast villages and beach-lidos are open, there are people and summer events. April, May, September and October are also beautiful, with warm days and desert beaches, and are perfect for sightseeing.